Huge blast as rocket hits Israeli petrol station

2014-07-11 11:51
Firefighters hose an Israeli petrol station that was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip. (Tsafrir Abayov, AP)

Firefighters hose an Israeli petrol station that was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip. (Tsafrir Abayov, AP)

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Jerusalem - A rocket fired from Gaza hit a petrol station in southern Israel on Friday, causing a huge explosion and injuring three people, the army and medics said.

"A barrage of rockets was fired at Ashdod, one of which hit a gas station causing massive damage," a statement from the army said.

Medics said three people had been taken to hospital, including one who was very seriously hurt.

"Three people were injured, one very seriously," emergency services spokesperson Eli Bin told public radio of the incident, which occurred in the southern port city of Ashdod, 28km north of Gaza.

A large fire was raging at the site, with emergency teams trying to control the blaze, medics said.

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